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So basically, Parkour is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one's path by adapting one's movements to the environment.
Parkour requires... consistent, disciplined training with an emphasis on functional strength, physical conditioning, balance, creativity, fluidity, control, precision, spatial awareness, and looking beyond the traditional use of objects.
Parkour movements typically include... running, jumping, vaulting, climbing, balancing, and quadrupedal movement. Movements from other physical disciplines are often incorporated, but acrobatics or tricking alone do not constitute parkour.
Parkour training focuses on... safety, longevity, personal responsibility, and self-improvement. It discourages reckless behavior, showing off, and dangerous stunts.
Parkour practitioners value... community, humility, positive collaboration, sharing of knowledge, and the importance of play in human life, while demonstrating respect for all people, places, and spaces.
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2. Alright. And what's Freerunning?
Free running was meant to start out an anglicized term for Parkour. It was first suggested to Sebastien Foucan during the filming of Jump London. Free Running has grown to be descriptive of a sort of "cousin" activity to Parkour - Free Running is more expressive and creative in nature, with moves such as acrobatics, flips, and spins added for flair, creativity, or just because someone wants to.
The main difference then between Parkour and Free Running is that Parkour is defined by purpose "get somewhere quickly and efficiently using the human body", and Free Running is defined by the activity or art of moving through your environment however you want, moving your way, following your own path.
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[Wiki: Parkour, Freerunning]
3. Can girls do this stuff??
A. Sure sweets, here's some Girl Pow:
4. Does it hurt?
A. Not if you jump off your building on the first day. Or on any day! Parkour is not jumping off heights. And even though Parkour is an extreme activity, safety is a priority for us traceurs.
5. "Is Parkour cool?" (Yeah I've been asked this too.)
6. Why? Why go backwards in the evolution tree?
A. Get out!
You can NOT do the things shown in the videos without rigorous training. Please don't try to kill yourself and give us a bad name. Even if you pull off some stunt someday, jump off something big and think you've done it perfectly, you surely have caused some damage to your joints that will show itself in the long run, unless you've been conditioning yourself properly for years. READ THIS! Learning Parkour or Freerunning is a phased process. But if you think the videos were fun, you'll surely have fun in the process :)
If you're interested or even just a casual supporter, show yourself on the Orkut community or the Facebook page (links above). You'll find first hand tips from traceurs and beginners there. We organize jams and practice/training sessions too.